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Old 06-27-2019, 12:33 PM   #1
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Guide to Public Campgrounds: What do you use?

We typically prefer camping at public campgrounds (BLM, NFS, COE, State, County, City). What do you use as a guide to find such places to stay?

Would like to find an app or program that can be used offline, or at least allows planning online and then access offline. It would be ok if it is limited to one or two states at a time, as long as it has nationwide coverage available.
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Old 06-27-2019, 12:38 PM   #2
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We've found that just using Google maps/earth works well for us. We zoom closer in areas we might plan to stop overnight or even longer. That's how we found the great town campground in Morgan City LA this past winter and had a spot right on the lake (our avatar pic).
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:06 PM   #3
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We typically prefer camping at public campgrounds (BLM, NFS, COE, State, County, City). What do you use as a guide to find such places to stay?

Would like to find an app or program that can be used offline, or at least allows planning online and then access offline. It would be ok if it is limited to one or two states at a time, as long as it has nationwide coverage available.
Have you tried Campendium? It's a website, so requires internet, but it's pretty handy. Sign up for the weekly email and you'll get 5 favorite campsites every week.

I like Campendium a lot. It's particularly helpful for me because I work and need internet access all the time... Campendium tells me whether camping areas have Verizon coverage.
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Old 06-27-2019, 03:23 PM   #4
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I like this site for the US: https://freecampsites.net/

And for British Columbia: https://www.campingrvbc.com/camping/

FYI, the free campsites site includes some fee campsites and also includes places like rest areas and Wal Mart parking lots. In some cases I know there is a really good site that is not on their map. But it does have good information as well.

Not sure if either are available offline, and based on the places I like to camp, I can definitely see why that would be desirable! We usually plan our trips well in advance and mark spots on a paper map (gasp!!), but definitely, there are times when plans go awry and you need to go to Plan B or C, and that's when it's tough if you can't get online!
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I use the AllStays app & filter for the type of campground I want, and The Ultimate Public Campground List app (which I like better than AllStays when looking for non commercial sites).
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We use the above apps and UC, Ultimate Campgrounds. It is a google app and i believe an apple app also. Cost is $3.99, and for that cost you can install it on all your devices. Both our phones and both tablets have copies. It lists more than 40,000 campgrounds in all US states and Canadian provinces. That is how we manage to stay on the road for 6 or more weeks and never pay over $30 US/night.

Another site we like is " I overlander". It is great for free to cheap campsites in the US and Canada, frankly there are far too many Wal-Mart's listed for the US. But where I overlander shines is the Mexico coverage. It lists waterparks, small cafes, beaches, huge government parks, etc that all allow RVs to camp for a night or two. I overlander is free.
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I used to use Allstays app, freecampsites.net and forestcamping.com . Now I mostly use freecampsites.net and Ultimate Campgrounds app.
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I use the AllStays app & filter for the type of campground I want, and The Ultimate Public Campground List app (which I like better than AllStays when looking for non commercial sites).


+1, we do same same.
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We've found that just using Google maps/earth works well for us. We zoom closer in areas we might plan to stop overnight or even longer. That's how we found the great town campground in Morgan City LA this past winter and had a spot right on the lake (our avatar pic).


Do you recall the name? I want to go to southern Louisiana next spring for crawfish season.
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Do you recall the name? I want to go to southern Louisiana next spring for crawfish season.
I’m going to bet it was Lake End Campground...not many other options in that area

https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds-details/20348.htm
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